Board of Directors

The CMHF Board of Directors comprises professionals and academics from across Canada serving three-year terms (with the opportunity to serve a second term). The Board sets the policy and strategic direction of the CMHF.
Retired Directors appointed to recognize exemplary service to the CMHF

Bryce Taylor, CM MD FRCSC FACS

William L. Orovan, MD MBA FRCSC FACS (Chair)
Vice Dean, Clinical Services and Commercial Enterprises, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Cindy Forbes, MD CCFP FCFP   (Vice Chair)
Canadian Medical Association Liaison  Clinical Faculty Appointment, Department of Family Medicine Dalhousie University

Derek Bodkin, CPA   
VP, Individual Customer Finance
Canada Life
Betty Jean (BJ) Hancock, MD FRCSC FACS
Liaison, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Pediatric Surgeon and Intensivist, Department of Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg


Ronald Worton, OC PhD DSc FRCPS(hon)
2014 CMHF Laureate | CEO & Scientific Director Emeritus, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
see Dr. Worton's Laureate Page here

Louis Hugo Francescutti,  MD PhD MPH FRCPC CCFP(PC) FACP CCPE ICD-D, Liaison, Canadian Medical Association Edmonton Lucie Germain, PhD CAHS
Professor (Full), Department of Surgery
Laval University

Changseok (Freddy) Lee
2020 CMHF Award Recipient (Dalhousie University), MD Candidate 2022
Deborah Money, MD FRCSC
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia

Sioban Nelson, RN PhD FAAN FCAHS
Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Graham C. Porter, LLB
Managing Partner
Lerners LLP

Preston Smith, MD MEd CCFP FCFP CCPE
Liaison, College of Family Physicians of Canada
Dean, College of Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
Mario Talajic, MD
Director, Department of Medicine
Université de Montréal

Lehana Thabane, PhD 
Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence & Impact, McMaster University | VP Research, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton | Scientific Director, The Research Institute of St. Joe's Hamilton
Mira Villegas
MD Candidate 2022
Liaison, Canadian Federation of Medical Students
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University
Lissa Foster (Ex-officio)
Executive Director, London ON


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About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.

This enduring tribute to our country’s rich medical history is showcased here and in our physical exhibit hall in London, ON.